Astronaut hangout in Houston area is sold

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Posted: Dec 03, 2009 11:19 AM

The mission is nearly over for the Outpost Tavern near Johnson Space Center.

The hangout in the Houston area has been sold and is closing after almost 30 years serving the NASA crowd.

Rocket scientists used to sketch ideas on napkins. Astronauts were known to drop by after returning from missions.

And tourists used to stop by to check out photos and spacesuits that were autographed by astronauts and adorned the walls and ceiling.

Owner Stephanie Foster says the Outpost Tavern will shut down next month.

Foster received confirmation last week that the property has been sold. She expects a gas station or shopping center will be the next tenant.

Foster says she wants to make sure she has enough time to plan a proper send-off for the NASA customers.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle.